STAFF from Craigavon-based United Wines believe they have set a new record for serving the highest pint of Heineken® in Northern Ireland, all in aid of the Northern Ireland Hospice.

A team of 15 staff from United Wines, one of the biggest drinks distributors on the island of Ireland, took on the challenge to serve a pint of non-alcoholic Heineken® 0.0, via a 5-litre mini keg, at the highest peak in Northern Ireland as a fundraising event for the Northern Ireland Hospice. 

The team successfully completed their mission and raised £2,500 in the process, which will be match funded by United Wines to make a grand total of £5,000.   

United Wines Marketing Manager Andrew Hollywood said: “We first started planning for our charity climb of Slieve Donard at the start of the year and have been working hard ever since in preparation for what was undoubtedly a very tough challenge.

Being able to enjoy a refreshing pint of Heineken® 0.0 at the top of Slieve Donard will live long in the memory for all of us and to be able to raise much needed funds for such a deserving charity as the Northern Ireland Hospice makes it even more special.  We’d like to thank all of those individuals and organisations who helped with our fundraising.

As a company we are committed to making a positive impact in our local communities and we are already looking forward to our next fundraising challenge,” he added.

Amanda Connolly, Corporate Fundraiser at Northern Ireland Hospice, added:

“We are absolutely delighted that United Wines decided to take on this super challenge in aid of Northern Ireland Hospice.

It’s only through the support of our local business community with fundraisers like this one that we can continue to provide specialist palliative care to people in the local community who need it the most!

We hope that the whole team enjoyed their refreshing pint up at the top!

The United Wines fundraising team’s challenge began at Donard Forest and followed the Glen River and then the Mourne Wall to the summit.

The six-mile round trip took approximately four hours to climb to the top and three hours back down with all participants making it safely back to base.

Founded in 1985, United Wines, a subsidiary of Heineken Ireland, is now one of the biggest drinks distributors on the island of Ireland.  Operating from an 80,000 square foot warehouse in Craigavon, with 55 staff on its books, United Wines distributes an extensive portfolio of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks to more than 1,000 bars, restaurants, hotels, off licenses, cash & carries, regional wholesalers and national multiples throughout the country.